Better than Chesney? Has Arsenal wunderkind finally been surpassed?

20 Sep

Brentford 5. Newcastle United, Birmingham, Huddersfield 6. QPR 14. Rotherham 20. Not the odds on winning September’s manager of the month award but, infact, the total goals conceded by the respective teams after 8 Championship games. And in the case of the Bees, one man has a huge part to play in that stat – goalkeeper Daniel Bentley.

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Bentley – a model professional



Bill makes an early call. And he’s not alone


Milton Keynes Dons v Brentford

Chesney – the legend



Nick Bruzon


10 Responses to “Better than Chesney? Has Arsenal wunderkind finally been surpassed?”

  1. Richard September 20, 2016 at 7:10 am #

    It must have been difficult decision to leave Judgy out of your best Bees X1 & I think Ryan Woods might come in if he keeps improving.
    I would have had Allan Mansley in before Andy Sinton. Scored some cracking goals amongst his 24 in 95 appearances, including a brilliant one against the then second tier Hull City in the league cup. ( Sinton 28 in 149). In those days the League Cup was shown a lot more respect than it is today & Hull had fielded a strong team.
    The crowd held it’s breath in expectation whenever he was on the ball. He would no doubt have gone to play at a higher level if not for a bad injury from which I don’t think he really recovered.

  2. Richard September 20, 2016 at 7:17 am #

    N.B. Fully agree Bently is something special.

  3. Lew Holmes September 20, 2016 at 7:25 am #

    Bentley looks like season of the summer already. Our two-headed DoF monster gets a lot of stick, but they deserve nothing but credit here: clearly saw the writing on the wall with Button and signed a more than able replacement. This guy is going to go far.

    • Lew Holmes September 20, 2016 at 7:33 am #

      Or even ‘signing of the season’. Shouldn’t comment this early in the morning!

  4. Nigel oates September 20, 2016 at 7:40 am #

    Yes ,I agree Bentley is a great keeper and making great saves thank god , whilst we enthuse over our great defence I am old school and think that goalkeepers are a teams last line of defence and if our defence is so good our goalkeeper shouldn’t have to make “great saves” all the time , he should be covered by his defence as much as possible !!!

    • nickbruzon September 20, 2016 at 8:00 am #

      There’s a lot of logi to what you say and I’ve asked similar questions. Yet, equally, confidence breeds confidence. We have a new look defence that is still awaiting a regular Left Back. How nice to know that the ‘keeper is potential ‘England’ material in the interim

  5. RebelBee September 20, 2016 at 8:21 am #

    Good piece again today. I’ve seen enough of Dan to go with him being the best GK I’ve seen at GP, he’s our player too which has to score heavily Vs Chesney. Button was very good for us and remains a decent championship keeper, but we’ve now got one that can go all the way if he sticks around and continues to develop. He shares the same confidence and determination that I see in Hogan, I wish it could be bottled and administered in doses to Romaine – that’s all he needs for his obvious talent to shine through.

    Huge credit to the DoF’s and recruitment team here, also Simon Royce who’s coaching makes these guys better. Generally I think the DoF’s are now getting props for some really good calls, yes there was some criticism over last summer’s intake, i’d say some of that was justified, everyone has upped their game now and perhaps the addition of very sensible guidance from DS is producing a winning formula.

    What we don’t need now are Bees fans speculating about players going in the next window, we’ve a few months to build something special and enjoy life. If we continue to do well I trust the club to handle the inevitable interest in our players in the right way – other than the AJ situation possibly, we’ve no need to let anyone go. odd how the media barely notice our existence, yet have to speculate about our stars moving on after a few good reports.

    We must be on the up as our friend from the “Real West London” hasn’t been back for a while.

  6. Mike Lane September 20, 2016 at 8:49 am #

    Last Season Button made more Championship saves than any other goalkeeper. This Season, Bentley is in second place in terms of saves. And spectacular many of them were. Thank goodness we have him but as someone noted above, does it leave a question mark over the defence. Or maybe, it means that the team in general is confident about the goalkeeper and can afford to move up the field and even score goals (Egan, Dean).

  7. Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) September 20, 2016 at 2:26 pm #

    I think its a fair shout. Bentley Brentford’s greatest ever keeper. I said the other day that with Bentley in goal you are surprised if the ball beats him. Apologies to Andy Scott, I hadnt realise I had quoted him. Having a superb keeper helps the defence no end, and we have a great defence this season, and with outstanding strength in depth too.

    So we all pretty much agree, Bentley has now surpassed Chesney as Brentford’s ever keeper.

    So here’s another question.

    Is there currently a better English keeper than Bentley?

  8. Bernard Quackenbush (@BernardQuack) September 20, 2016 at 2:36 pm #

    Hit the ‘post’ button too early! A lot giving credit to the DoF’s for this signing, but I actually question how much involvement they had.

    I drew up a list of 10 names at the end of last season of players Id like to see us interested in. Not only was Bentley on that list, but also Sawyers, Henry & Egan. Does that mean I should be a DoF, of course not. It just meant that I watched extended highlights of League 1 & 2 games on BeesPlayer and could see their quality. Lets also not forget Smith & O’Kelly would have had an excellent knowledge of the lower leagues, also Andy Scott, and Simon Royce knows his keepers and spent 7 years himself as the custodian at Roots Hall. By the way other players I noted were Watkins, Hourihane, Taylor, Samuelsen, Dack & Devitt

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